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MCLIMS UIL TEAM 2015- 2016

A big thank you to our sponsorship from MCLIMS PTO board, we finally have the opportunity to set up a UIL team for our children to compete with other various schools in HISD. There are currently 55 schools in HISD participating in UIL and our neighborhood school, Horn ES has been in first place in almost all events with the exception of Math competition which has been succeeded by Bush ES for the past years. 

What is UIL?

UIL stands for University Interscholastic League (UIL) that provides quality educational competitions administered by the district/ school people. The UIL A+ Academics program is an academic competition for elementary, middle school and junior high. It includes 17 different events for grades 1-8. These events span the curriculum – they are designed to complement and expand upon what students learn in the classroom, both through learning specific subject knowledge, and through learning skills that are valuable in many disciplines. Approximately 3,000 Texas schools participate in A+ Academics, competing in more than 300 district meets each year.

Grade Level
Contest 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Team/ Individual
Art A A A B B Both
Chess Puzzle Solving A A B B C C C Both
Creative Writing A A Individual
Dictionary Skills A A B B Both
Impromptu Speaking * A A B B B C C Individual
Listening A A B B Both
Maps, Graphs & Charts A A B B Both
Mathematics 6 A A A Both
Music Memory A B B B Both
Number Sense A A A B B B Both
Oral Reading A A A B B Individual
Public Speaking * A A B B B Individual
Ready Writing A A B B C C Individual
Social Studies A A B B Both
Solo Acting* A A B B B Individual
Spelling A A B B C C Both
Story telling A A Individual
* Open to Kinder grades
Letters in the chart indicate different versions of the contest materials offered.


All materials will be provided including study materials for each contest, the rules of the each contest, sample test questions.


ARE YOU INTERESTED TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP to let your child to take up the challenge or expand his/her knowledge and skills in a fun and competitive environment? Or perhaps, you have a skill set or knowledge in a specific area and you are willing to be academic coach? We want you!


Please email to and contact person: Sylvia Choy for more information to get started in the UIL team. We have several competitions and district meets coming soon on Saturdays in early Nov 2015 to May 2016.

For more information about UIL, feel free to visit the website



Art (4th and 5Th Grade)

The art contest involves the study of 40 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and from Texas art galleries and museums. Students learn to recognize and identify various works of art and the artists who created them. As part of their study, they will demonstrate a basic understanding of art history and interpret ideas and moods in original art works.


Chess Puzzle (2nd -5th Grade)

The benefits of chess are well documented for players of all ages, and especially for young people. Chess teaches problem solving, hones concentration and encourages analytical and strategic thinking. Chess can be a lifelong pursuit. Chess puzzle solving introduces students to the study of chess in a format that can be easily implemented in A+ school programs and district meets.


Creative Writing (1st and 2nd Grade)

Creative writing is designed to promote creativity in an academic format and to encourage writing skills at an early grade level. Through preparation for the contest, students will be able to evaluate their own writing and the writing of others.


Dictionary Skills (5th Grade)

Through knowledge of the dictionary is a way to increase a student’s ability to find the information that is needed for class work as well as everyday living. The subject matter of all tests is taken from Merriam-Webster’s Intermediate Dictionary. Contestants may use other dictionaries in the contest, but the correct test answers will be found in the official dictionary.


Impromptu Speaking (K – 5th Grade)

Impromptu speaking provides opportunities for students to explore the use of the voice and body in speaking situations, to examine the different purposes for speaking, to organize ideas, to prepare and deliver various speeches and to develop self-confidence.


Listening (5th Grade)

The listening contest is designed to help students recognize the importance of effective listening skills and to identify problems they may have in listening effectively. The contest provided a challenging format to test the improvement of their listening abilities and encourages students to develop the foundations skills they will throughout their lives both in and out of the classroom.


Maps, Graphs and Charts (5th Grade)

The maps, graphs and charts contest is designed to help students to learn to get information from a variety of maps, graphs and charts including world maps, pie charts, bar charts and local area maps. The objective test will measure skills such as using a reference book to locate information, making comparisons, estimating and approximating, using scale and interpreting grid systems, legends and keys.


Mathematics (6th Grade)

Learning to complete math problems quickly is a valuable skill in all facets of life including engineering, accounting, completing a tax return and even grocery shopping. This contest provides opportunities for students to further develop and then apply their math knowledge and skills.


Music Memory (2nd-5th Grade)

The focus of the Music Memory contest is an in depth study of fine pieces of music literature taken from a wide spectrum of music genres to expose students to great composers, their lives and their music.


Number Sense (3rd – 5th Grade)

Every day, individuals are called upon to use their ability to make quick mental calculations to make decisions. The developmental of such abilities should be an integral part of the math curriculum.


Oral Reading (4th -5th Grade)

Reading literature out loud provides opportunities for students to analyze the text, to grow and to develop as a performer, to communicate a message to an audience and to perform an artistic creation. The oral reading competition should be an extension of the classroom literary and language arts activities in poetry, short stories and children’s fiction.


Public Speaking (K – 5th Grade)

Students will present a memorized speech no longer than five minutes in length. The speech may be either be an original one written by the student or a speech presented by a public figure.


Reading Writing (3rd 5th Grade)

Texas has put a great emphasis on writing skills at all levels of school and all levels of state wide testing. Reading Writing builds those skills and helps students refine their writing abilities. In particular, this contest helps them to learn to write clearly and correctly a paper that is interesting and original.


Social Studies (5th Grade)

This contest is designed to encourage students to expand their knowledge of social studies, particularly in the areas of history, government systems, economics, citizenship, and culture.


Spelling (2nd – 5th Grade)

The spelling contest is designed to expose students to a wide variety of vocabulary words. It is not contest of memorization. Emphasis is placed on the rules of the English language, meanings and definitions, and root words.


Solo Acting (K- 5th Grade)

Students will present a selection from a published play, novel, short story or a poem. Selections must be memorized and must include an introduction stating the title and author. Costumes and props are allowed, including one chair. Maximum time limit is 7 minutes.


Storytelling (2nd and 3rd Grade)

To tell a story, the participant must develop skills is listening, thinking and speaking. This contest also allows for the development of creative expression, something being given more attention in the professional world. For practice, teachers can use stories from any good children’s books or magazines.